Jennifer Heemstra founded the Kolkata Classics – a non-government organization that offers concert series, student education programs and no-cost medical assistance fairs. To make this come about, Heemstra worked with artists, city leaders, businesspeople and NGOS in Kolkata, India. Launched in December 2014, Kolkata Classics empowers women, inspires underserved youth, and builds cross-cultural bridges through western classical music. Since its inception Kolkata Classics has organized 62 concerts that reached more than 59,000 adults and children. Twelve artists, including Heemstra, from the USA and Europe, performed in settings that included the Kolkata slums, the red light district, and the central city. Kolkata Classics later added a health fair component to select concerts to provide free vaccines, health checks and screenings, and outreach services to women and children.
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